Sunday, April 28, 2013

City Council Preview for April 29, 2013

City residents with some final thoughts and/or concerns over the City's Budget deliberations have one more chance on Monday, with yet another opportunity in public forum to ask questions of Council or offer up their own options for consideration.

The City sits in Council Session Monday night with the Budget front and centre on the night's agenda.

The main focus will be the reading of the City Financial Officer's draft of the 2013 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw and the Property Tax Bylaw, the draft for consideration provided by Dan Rodin, the City's Financial Officer and current Acting City Manager.

Mr. Rodin explained the process moving forward at last week's Council meeting,  (see Video Archive from  25 minutes to one hour and nine minutes) with Council giving consideration to the proposal of 2 per cent tax increase, taking money from the paving budget, as well as a one time draw down on the Operating surplus, all designed to meet this years budgetary requirements in the wake of recent setbacks on the revenue flow to the City.

The Public comment phase of the night's proceedings comes up just prior to the discussion of the Bylaws, giving Council members the opportunity to weigh any concerns or suggestions from the public before starting down the road to Budget approval for this year.

Council then can, if they choose, make changes to Mr. Rodin's recommendations and keep the process moving towards fulfilling the commitments required under the Community Charter.

You can review the Agenda for the evening from the City's website, Pages 2 - 20 and 21 - 24 of the Agenda provide comprehensive accounts, tables, financial reviews and background information on what Council has to consider for Monday.

The Budget Session for Council starts at 7 PM on Monday, those not planning a trek down to take in the proceedings at Council Chambers can view the session on the City's website through a video feed.

Prior to the Budget Session, Council will also meet in another of their Special Sessions, a gathering which will exclude the public.

The results of this weeks Session and any media follow up that comes from it can be found on our Council Session page for April 29th, which you can find here.

Our City Council Archive Page features full coverage of past Council sessions, with archived material of agendas, minutes, a timeline of events and any media coverage of the issues raised at each session, you can access that feature here.

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